I've been dreaming of Paris ever since I was a kid. And now that I finally have my chance, I don't want to miss out on anything!
Paris is easily the most pricey of destinations we've looked at, and so the trade off between amenities and costs was a difficult choice. Fortunately we did manage dig out some diamonds in the rough. Once again using Hostelworld to search and sift through the possibilities, we narrowed it down to the following:
We may not get to experience sitting down at some of the top (and very expensive) restaurants in the world that call Paris home, but that doesn't mean we are forfeiting the satisfaction of our tastebuds. Paris has plenty of options for us to pick and choose mouthwatering meals from.
To be completely honest here I've never had a fallafel in my life, so I really don't know why everyone is going on about them. But apparently trying these meat-less to-go meals is a Paris must. Probably one of the most talked about and popular amongst tourists is L'As du Fallafel. With great reviews and a mountain of food for the price, this seems to be the first choice. Unfortunately with the lines that are equally as notorious we may never get our food. Lucky for us there are fallafel joints all over this area, Chez H'anna is just around the block with comparable reviews.
Almost everything I've searched through has emphasized the tip to always eat a few blocks away from main attractions and sights; the closer it is to the attraction the more expensive it will be. I'm looking forward to wandering around a bit after seeing the major sights. I've always liked the idea of finding and experiencing something that not everyone has, it makes the trip a lot more personal.
Lastly, I don't think we can really leave Paris without eating a few crêpes. Crêperies can be found just about everywhere you go but this one specifically popped up quite a few times on people's favorite places to eat in Paris. Crêperie Genia boasts some great crêpes for as cheap as €2-3. I mean you really can't beat that.
Things To Do
Eiffel Tower, Arc de Triomphe, Notre Dame, Sacre Coeur Basilica, all the things you can't leave Paris without a million photos of. Now these can and probably should be split up and visited as we make our way through each neighborhood rather than rushing to get to all of them in one day. Also I think it would be neat to do some of our sightseeing from a river cruise, like these!
Explore the Neighborhoods
I think it will be important to allow ourselves to wander through the arrondissements and really enjoy what unique qualities and experiences each have to offer. This will let us spend some time actual relaxing as we get to discover the different shops, cafes, and secret gems hidden among the neighborhoods.
Just a 30 min train ride out of Paris, is a place of grand gardens and all the royal grandeur I could ask for. I think this would be a really nice day trip out of the city and get to walk around constant beauty.
I would also love to take a foodie tour, or a cooking class but all the ones I've found have been quite out of our budget and would pretty much blow our entire trip :(
If there are any sweet deals on these that I should look into, PLEASE send them to me! It would be greatly appreciated!
I think it might be a little unfair to say that I'm looking forward to Paris more than any of our other destinations, but what can I say? I've only been dreaming of this place since childhood. Can't wait to share with everyone how it goes.